Are Tad Boyle’s CU Buffs the best in school history?

BOULDER — Greatest of 5, 2020 Buffs vs. 1969 Buffs. Who wins?

“I assume it would be near,” former CU guard and present-day Rockies chaplain Bo Mitchell explained. “Probably with the staff depth and them taking part in as a staff a little bit far better, I’d give them the win.”

“Just their athleticism, their quickness and just their talent, it’s just progressed,” ex-Buffs guard Ron Maulsby explained. “And I assume it would be hard for us to defeat this staff, for sure.”

“That would be a fantastic problem,” chuckled Charlie Gardner, the former CU All-Large Eight heart and assistant mentor with the ’68-sixty nine Buffs. “It would be fun.”

Unlike the Buffs’ soccer coaching research (Critically, Nick Saban. What did Boulder ever do to you?), CU hoops is swimming in all kinds of fun suitable now.

Tad Boyle’s Buffs (21-6, 10-4 Pac-twelve) host UCLA (16-eleven, 9-5) on 2 p.m. Saturday in the typical-year finale at the Functions Centre, and they aren’t coming again this winter season.

That final bit is the very best news and the worst, all in the identical six terms. Immediately after this weekend, thanks to yet another just one of individuals funky Larry Scott Pac-twelve quirks, the rest of the slate attributes the open street, then the league tournament in Vegas, then the Large Dance.

So Saturday’s it. One final campus trip for the very best dang staff in CU men’s basketball background.


“I assume we’ll have to wait and see,” explained Maulsby, who, like Mitchell, roamed the backcourt with the 1968-sixty nine Buffs, to day the final CU squad to win a typical-year men’s basketball crown. “But when you assume about how ‘68-sixty nine was the final time we received a (typical-year) championship and these guys are on the verge of winning a conference championship, it very possible will arrive down to being (between) the very best groups.”

“In terms of the all round staff,” Mitchell explained, “I’ve acquired to say this is just one of the leading two or a few.”

At the worst. Indeed, we have acquired two months of the typical year yet to engage in out. And of course, there is an NCAA tourney appearance that’ll determine how this iteration winds up being remembered.

But try to remember this, far too: Around the final sixty seven a long time, a CU basketball staff has manufactured fifty one appearances, all-time, in the weekly Affiliated Push leading twenty five poll. The present-day Buffs have previously accounted for 24% — around a quarter — of individuals mentions. As in, considering that 1953.

The 2019-20 Buffs have been featured between the leading twenty five the most situations — twelve appearances, seventy five% of the year’s polling — around a one year in college background, lapping the 1996-97 Chauncey Billups squad (eight polls) numerous months again. And barring anything goofy, they’re about to tie that 1997 bunch for the CU one-year history for consecutive months in the AP poll (eight).

The following league victory will match the second-most in a one year for a Buffs hoops squad (eleven), with the all-time history of thirteen set by Sox Walseth’s 1961-62 Large Eight champs however within just shouting length with four Pac-twelve tilts remaining.